Hospitality Business Magazine

Global Tastes on Local Menus

Gilmours launched their second annual International Wine Competition recognising affordable, quality international wines available here in New Zealand.

Their goal is to create a list of the very best international wines that have been judged by a highly acclaimed panel and will sit proudly on any wine list and inspire customers to try something new.

Entries were judged in March over two days using a double-blind identification system which means all wines were tasted blind and judged based on their merits alone not on the brand, packaging, or price. The judging event determined the Top 20 wines which will be launched to the Foodservice & Hospitality industry on Monday 23 May.

Cindy Chaimowitz General Manager of Wholesale and Customer Service says “We’re thrilled to be launching this unique wine competition for a second year, as this is the only business-to-business International Wine Competition of its kind. This gives us an opportunity to educate our Gilmours Foodservice customers on what international wines we have available, and ultimately assist them with creating a memorable wine list with a point of difference.”

The competition received 225 entries from international wine companies and was judged by an independent panel of wine judges, experienced in judging international wine. Judges comprised Sam Kim from Wine Orbit, Simon Nunns a Consulting Winemaker and Emma Jenkins Master of Wine as Chair of Judges and the event was run by Chief Steward Jo Gear.

Emma Jenkins MW says, “As with last year’s inaugural Top 20 we are very pleased with the final selection – an exciting range of varieties and styles and we are confident that consumers will get a lot of enjoyment from exploring these wines.”

Read about the Gilmours Top 20 wines online at and either order online or pick up from any of our seven Cash ‘n Carry stores North Island wide.